Well, this a common questions asked by pet parents that Is my dog bored or depressed? Answer to that is interesting because these two kinds of behaviour are relatively easy to distinguish. Bored and depressed dogs usually show very different signs.
A bored dog will find himself something to do, trust us! It’s sporadic that a bored dog lies around. On the contrary, he’ll probably jump up on you and bark and whine to get your attention to have some fun finally! Or your dog will finds himself something, like chewing on your chair or, digging in your trash etc.
If your dog seems to be sleeping the whole time, you can almost 100 percent sure that he isn’t bored. There are a few lazy breeds out there who are just lying around even when they’re bored. In that case, they’ll stare at you though. You’ll see that they want to do something!
If your dog isn’t doing much all day, he could be depressed, though. Depressed dogs show several different signs, and sleeping all the time is one of them
Why do dogs become depressed?
There are different reasons for dog depression.
The most common one is when he’s lost a beloved friend (dog or human). The loss leaves a hole in your dog’s heart that he might struggle to fill again.
Another primary reason is a change in routine. This can be after a move or after you changed your working hours. Changes in routine are often complicated for dogs to get used to and can lead to being hyped up or a little depressed. If that’s the reason, it should soon go back to normal. Just give him some time.
How do you know if your dog is depressed?
Now that your dog’s look or face aren’t good indicators to determine if he’s depressed let’s look at what is.
So, let’s look at the five most common signs for dog depression:
- Paw licking
- Loss of appetite
- Sleeping all the time
- Change in behaviour or mood